Doctor Who & One of My Personal Quirks

So, we’ve all got our quirks, right?

One of mine is a little habit I’ve developed over the years, which is inspired by something from Doctor Who.  It’s something I often do when I have a new notebook.

(Daily Doctor Who #198)

I use notebooks quite a bit.  I like using them to take notes in meetings or classes, or to jot down ideas, to work through creative challenges, or to doodle or scribble in when I’m bored.

And when I get a new notebook, I frequently kick off its use with a particular sentence…

“A new notebook, at last!”

I’ll do this even when I haven’t been waiting for a new notebook for any particular length of time.

Why do I do this and what does it have to do with Doctor Who?  Well, back in 1981, Doctor Who did a story called The Keeper of Traken by Johnny Byrne. 

It’s the penultimate Tom Baker / Fourth Doctor story, with Matthew Waterhouse as Adric and introducing Sarah Sutton as Nyssa (just a guest star here, but soon to be a new companion).

It also introduces Anthony Ainley as Tremas, a dude who has the misfortune of having a name that is an anagram for the word “Master”. 

That’s a bad thing because the Doctor’s arch-enemy the Master is back as well, and in need of a new body.

The twist ending of the story is that after the Master is apparently defeated, he shows up again and is able to kill Ainley’s character and to inhabit his body as the “new” Master. 

If you don’t see it coming, it’s pretty shocking and tragic—Tremas was a pretty nice guy.

When the process is completed, Ainley’s first line as the evil Time Lord are these words, said with an evil grin:

“A new body, at last.”

And for some reason, one day decades ago that translated into me writing that sentence in a notebook, and then developing a habit out of it which has lasted for many (not all, but probably most) notebooks since then.

All the way to yesterday, when I started using the Dunder-Mifflin notebook that I got for my birthday.

Yes, we all have our quirks, including those that are normally too boring to talk about.  But then the internet came along and invented blogging, and so here we are!

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